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5 Of The Best Smelling Shampoos Of All Time

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5 Of The Best Smelling Shampoos Of All Time

I know that whenever I buy shampoo, I’m only interested in three things – is it cheap (I’ve got to be honest), does it do stuff for my particular hair type (dry!) and is it going to smell good? I’ve tried all kinds of brands over the years, from high-end salon lines to budget bargains and the usual high street suspects, but I recently went on a mission to discover the very best shampoos for fragrance alone.

Maybe I’ll do a piece on the best cheap, no let’s say, affordable shampoos another time – let me know in the comments if that would be your thing.

Since experimenting with shampoos that claim to have enduring, head turning fragrances, I’ve come to believe that no one should waste their Tom Ford on daily neck spritzing, when your shampoo can double up nicely as a fine fragrance of its own.

From fruity tones to sophisticated notes, trust me when I say these shampoos leave your hair smelling so incredible, you’ll be loathe to tie it back. Get ready to sniff your heaven-scent strands.

Hidden Perks

First up is Amika’s Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($24.00) which gives you an emotional lift as well as a leaving your tresses more vibrant and less neglected looking. Of course the thing I’m most obsessed with is the insane fragrance of sea buckthorn-berry with a hint of vanilla. I’ve legitimately used this liberally before nights out, even if my roots don’t need the dry shampoo, they need this divine scent.

Amika’s Perk Up Dry Shampoo
Amika’s Perk Up Dry Shampoo
Man Go Wild

True story, a friend of mine who used this shampoo almost broke up with her other half because of his blatant misuse of this product in the shower – I mean he used it as body wash. FFS. While he may have smelt deliciously fruity, mankind beware, this is not a shampoo to be shared. Klorane’s Nourishing Shampoo ($20.00) with Mango Butter is packed with an intense mango fragrance that instantly transports you to a tropical paradise, with a simple whiff of your hair.

Klorane’s Nourishing Shampoo
Klorane’s Nourishing Shampoo
Coco Love

There’s something innately sexy about having hair that smells of anything other than hair. Like coconut for example. I used to have a supermarket brand of coconut shampoo during the 00s that the boys at school used to comment on, but these days my seduction techniques have advanced to washing my mane with Bumble & Bumble’s Crème De Coco Shampoo ($27.00) which smells less like a Pina Colada and more authentically like coconut. Like the real deal. And that’s definitely what I’m about these days.

Bumble & Bumble’s Crème De Coco Shampoo
Bumble & Bumble’s Crème De Coco Shampoo
Sea How I Like It

Verb’s Sea Shampoo ($14.00) is a good price and it smells really, really amazing. I’m not sure if it really smells like its ingredients of seaweed extract, sea water, quinoa protein and green tea extract but it sure does linger, even a day or two later this one had my hair smelling delicious. I also love the fact it’s paraben free and suitable for all hair types. Works for me, works for you, works for everybody.

Verb’s Sea Shampoo
Verb’s Sea Shampoo
Total Comfort

I’ll admit I can be a real homebody at times and love nothing more than sipping a steaming cup of herbal tea with honey while watching The Handmaids Tale (watching bad things makes me feel more safe). I have to say that I fantasised about this scenario whenever I smelt my hair after washing it with The Body Shop’s Ginger Anti Dandruff Scalp Care Shampoo ($10.00). Sure it’s not a sexy name, it’s not the kind of thing you can brag about, but it’s made with Community Trade honey from Ethiopia and ginger extract and genuinely smells amazing. I also love that I don’t have to worry about pesky white flakes. Because honestly, sometimes I can really worry about such things.

The Body Shop’s Ginger Anti Dandruff Scalp Care Shampoo
The Body Shop’s Ginger Anti Dandruff Scalp Care Shampoo

—Ursula Brunetti

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  • Tanya

    These all look interesting, which to try first!

  • vicky molina

    they sound nice

  • 1alwaysnyc1

    This post is the kind of conversation I’d have with a girlfriend! Awesome!

    • Ursula Brunetti

      Ah thanks!!

  • Susan West

    Didn’t know Ginger was good for dandruff. This is exciting, my daughter from time to time gets dandruff. I can’t wait to tell her about these products. Thank you!

    • Ursula Brunetti

      The Body Shop really does have some great anti dandruff shampoos!

  • tpoage

    I would love to try all of these.

  • chava zewicky

    I have to buy Verb Coca de creme. ASAP I love the smell of coconut.

  • Brenda King

    Can’t wait to try these shampoos! I’m a sucker for great smelling hair! Thanks for the tips!

  • Kathleen

    I’m going to try one of these shampoos, but I can’t make up my mind just yet!

    • Ursula Brunetti

      Maybe go for Bumble & Bumble? I really love this scent and think it’s most universal!

      • Kathleen

        I did! I can’t wait for the Bumble and Bumble to be delivered. I purchased the conditioner as well.

        • Kathleen

          My Bumble & Bumble Crème de Coco arrived and I Love, love, love the scent! It reminds me of the ‘beach smells’ that always have great memories attached to it. My husband loves the scent too. So now I have to share it!!

  • thepittsmn

    Some good brands here.

  • Calvin F.

    I love great smelling shampoo

  • Brenda King

    Want to try the Hidden Perks dry shampoo!

    • Ursula Brunetti

      I love
      dry shampoo!

  • Tanya

    i’d like to try the verb’s sea shampoo

  • tpoage

    I would like to try the Klorane’s Nourishing Shampoo
    Coco Love. Sounds like heaven.

  • Maddy0418

    I love good smelling shampoo’s. I remember that in the 80’s there was a shampoo called Agree. That was a great smelling shampoo. They do not make it any more.

  • thepittsmn

    Some wonderful fragrances.

  • Julie L

    I may have to try one of these. Verb sounds really good.

  • Bridget Byrd

    Have to try these, I do alot of outside work & my hair no matter what has a funky smell when done, so going to check the #Verb out for sure

  • sarah spencer

    oooh will have to look for these. there is nothing better than good smelling soap and shampoo

  • Stephanie Mitchell

    Are there any giveaway sample’s of these?

  • Jodie

    I love a good smelling shampoo! So nice when you can smell it on someone when they walk by. I’ll have to try these!

  • Bridget Byrd

    I love good smelling shampoo! & I always try to find one that works best on my hair but the smell last longer than some

  • Jessica W.

    I’m interested in all of these, but I would especially like to try Klorane’s Nourishing Shampoo with Mango Butter.

  • Mary Robling Meadows

    I love Kloranes Nourishing Shampoo!

  • Marlene Harris

    i love them all but mango is my favorite

  • alisha

    Ive never tried any of these shampoos but they sound amazing!

  • Angela Kern

    Would love to try the coco love shampoo!! Never tried any of these before!

  • Kaylin Bruce

    I love having great smelling shampoo!

  • Kelly VanAuken

    great choices

  • kristenhendricks

    This is a very interesting article. You have definitely made me more interested in trying out these shampoos as a result of reading the article. The one I think I am most interested in trying out is The Body Shop’s Ginger Anti Dandruff Scalp Care Shampoo. It sounds like it smells absolutely magnificent and I love that it’s made from Community Trade honey from Ethiopia as well!

  • thepittsmn

    I go for great conditioning instead of the fragrance.

  • Heather Jacobs

    I’d love to try the Klorane!

  • Megan Allen

    I want to try the Coco Love so bad!

  • Sand

    I love a good smelling shampoo!

  • tpoage

    Would love to try the Bumble & Bumble’s Crème De Coco Shampoo

  • Audrey

    Love a great smelling shampoo

  • thepittsmn

    I prefer a great conditioning shampoo over a good smelling shampoo.

  • desithebonde

    i do change shampoo form summer to fall and then the idea you have are great

  • PattiAnn Green

    The best affordable shampoo article would be wonderful!

  • kaarie gillis

    Want to try these

  • Kaylin Bruce

    LOVE LOVE LOVE a great smelling shampoo!

  • Christy Peeples DuBois

    I love great smelling shampoos that stay with you after just the shower. I bookmarked this post and will be trying these.
    Deep Steeps argon oil volume shampoo and conditioner keeps your hair smelling good also. They have a cocunut and others as well.

  • PattiAnn Green

    I’ve gotta try the Verb’s shampoo!

  • shushu

    Wow, what a coincidence! I am looking around for new shampoo and saw this!! Awesome

  • marissa hussey

    Wow ok I’m so excited about this! I just got a sample of Amika’s Perk Up Dry Shampoo in my last Birchbox so I hope I like these others!

  • Viviana P

    I need some Bumble and Bumble Coco Love ☺️

  • Judy Song

    I love coconut/cocoa shea butter scents so i must try the bumble and bumble one

  • inkchick

    I need to try that Verb shampoo. It sounds delightful.

  • Monalisa Pardosi

    Haven’t heard of these brands, I should try one of these shampoos!

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